Political Science: Civic Leadership, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Civic Leadership Concentration

department website: https://www.pol.illinois.edu

department faculty: Political Science Faculty

advising: Political Science advising

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/

email: pol@illinois.edu

The Civic Leadership concentration aims to provide students interested in careers in public life with an informed appreciation for American democracy, the values and structures on which it is based, and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 21st century.

See the Political Science BALAS page for departmental distinction information.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Political Science, Civic Leadership Concentration

See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.

Students may count a maximum of six (6) hours of credit of any combination of hours from PS 494 toward the advanced hours requirement. Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours of internships (PS 491) or 6 hours of supervised research (PS 492) may be included in the major; a student with any mix of independent study hours and internship hours and supervised research hours may include a maximum of 9 hours of such credit in the major. (PS 496) is reserved for those seniors doing honors theses for distinction in political science and may not be counted in the 45-hour minimum required for the major.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 70 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Civic Leadership Concentration Requirements

PS 100Intro to Political Science3
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
Select one course from the following:1-3
Washington Experience
Topics in Civic Leadership
Select any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses6
Select one course from the following:3
Intro Internship Seminar
Select 300- or 400-level Political Science courses, at least nine hours of which come from the Civic Leadership Concentration list (below). The other six hours may be any 300- or 400-level Political Science course.15
To reach 33 hours of Political Science coursework, select up to two additional hours of any Political Science course at any level.0-2
Students will select a second major, or a minor, or a set of courses of at least 12 hours of thematically-related coursework outside political science, developed in conjunction with an academic advisor.12
Total Hours45
Civic Leadership Course List
PS 201US Racial & Ethnic Politics3
PS 202Religion & Politics in the US3
PS 220Intro to Public Policy3
PS 270Intro to Political Theory3
PS 300Special Topics (as appropriate)3
PS 315African American Politics3
PS 316Latina/Latino Politics3
PS 317Asian American Politics3
PS 321Principles of Public Policy3
PS 322Law and Public Policy3
PS 371Classical Political Theory3
PS 372Modern Political Theory3
PS 373Democratic Theory3
PS 374Future Politics3
PS 376American Political Theory3
PS 494Junior Honors Seminar3